AURORA, ON, Nov. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is
investigating an incident that occurred on Monday, October 31, 2011
involving a stolen transport truck.
At approximately 8:00 a.m. on Monday October 31, 2011, an OPP officer
observed a transport truck on the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) that had
previously been reported stolen. The truck failed to stop for police
and a short pursuit was initiated and terminated a short time later due
to public safety concerns.
In the interests of public safety, the OPP followed the transport truck
and controlled the flow of traffic around the truck with marked and
unmarked police vehicles and an OPP helicopter.
The transport truck drove westbound on Highway 401 past Cambridge,
returned eastbound on Highway 401, south on Highway 427 and westbound
on the QEW. The truck exited the QEW in Niagara Falls and returned
eastbound on the QEW.
After approximately five hours, the truck pulled off the traveled
portion of the Toronto-bound QEW near the Fairview/Plains Road exit and
the driver was arrested without incident.
The OPP reports no one was injured during this incident or vehicles
damaged. The OPP appreciates the cooperation of its law enforcement
partners and motorists who abided by the traffic information provided.
Jason MEADUS, aged 40 years from Brampton, Ontario, appeared in the
Ontario Court of Justice in Milton on November 1, 2011, and has been
charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
1) Two (2) counts of Theft over $5,000.
2) Two (2) counts of Possession of Stolen Property over $5,000.
3) One (1) count of Possession of Break-in Instruments
4) Dangerous Driving
5) Fail to Stop for Police
6) Mischief Endangering Life
7) Drive while Disqualified
MEADUS has also been charged with Driving while under Suspension,
contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.
"I commend the work of our front-line members and command staff and
thank the media for their assistance and motorists for their patience.
Public safety is always our first priority and the OPP response and
management of this prolonged incident demonstrated the commitment and
professionalism of both our civilian and uniform members."
- OPP Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Provincial Commander - Traffic
Safety and Operational Support.
SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
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